During the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks vs. Pittsburgh Vengeance NA3HL game this past Sunday in Cleveland, the event was much more than a normal NA3HL regular season game. The Lumberjacks, who ended up winning 5-1, donated all funds from the game to the Kevin Kenny fund. Kenny is a Pittsburgh forward who was injured in a game against Cleveland back in November.
The Lumberjacks are pleased to announce that they made a donation of $880.00 to the fund. To date, almost $50,000 has been raised. You can learn more about donating here.
“We thought it was the least we could do and we want to keep Kevin and his fight in the forefront,” said Cleveland head coach Bob Jacobson. “The hockey community is unlike any other and the way that people have rallied behind Kevin and supported his family is remarkable and inspiring.”
Kenny is expected to be released from Mercy Rehabilitation in the middle of January. Work is not yet completed at the Kenny home so he will be going to another location until the house is ready. The next challenge for the Kenny family is purchasing a van for Kevin's needs.
Right before Christmas, Kenny returned to watch the Vengeance play a home game against Cleveland. Since then he has also attended a Pittsburgh Penguins home game.
He said it’s was very overwhelming. “I can’t believe how many people have written letters and donated. I’m really blown away by it,” said Kenny.
“It’s nice for him to get out of the hospital for a little while because he’s been in the room and in the hospital,” added Carolyn Kenny, Kevin’s mom. “So, it’s nice for him to get back in the regular environment.”
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